Recently film sources revealed that Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn is set to direct a biopic of James Dean’s all too brief life and his prolific friendship with American photojournalist Dennis Stock. As we eagerly anticipate the announcement regarding who will be cast as the cultural icon, we chart ten criminally under seen and curiously underrated biopics from cinema history.
“I like to kill them softly, from a distance. Not close enough for feelings”
Andrew Dominik’s third feature film Killing Them Softly is a loose adaptation of George V Higgins’ 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade and follows enforcer Jackie Cogan who is hired to restore order after a robbery at a mob-protected card game causes the local criminal economy to collapse. For his neo-noir crime thriller Dominik reunites with Brad Pitt and frees himself from the shackles of popular cinema convention to deliver a visceral piece of Americana.
“I’m just a bloody normal bloke. A normal bloke who likes a bit of torture”.
Chopper is a visceral retelling of a nation’s famous criminal, told from the perspective of the criminal himself and therefore comparisons to Bronson are not only natural, but obvious. Too obvious in fact to spend any more time on; suffice to say it isn’t as good as Refn’s 2008 masterpiece, but an impressive debut from Dominik nonetheless.